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Do you enjoy running every chance you get? Do you wake up early to train and never miss a marathon? If so, you might have noticed that over time, one or both of your knees has begun to get sore and uncomfortable and you’re not sure what’s wrong. You haven’t changed your training regimen or your diet. You don’t run too much further than usual. What’s going on?
You may have runner’s knee.
Runner’s knee is a condition also called patellofemoral pain syndrome. This is named after the part of the body that’s most often affected with runner’s knee: the patella or kneecap. The thighbone and the patella overlap one another. With time and repeated pressure from running, though, the patella can begin to slip up or under. You’ll start to notice an ache in that knee every time you run.
Running is obviously the chief cause of runner’s knee, but why do some runners get this condition and others don’t? It all comes back to the surrounding parts of your knee. The quadriceps, if not strong enough, cannot keep the patella in place. This makes it more likely for a case of runner’s knee to occur.
There are other causes to be aware of, too. The patella can sometimes be pushed from its natural place due to overworked, tense calf muscles and hamstrings. Those with flat feet, flat knees, high-arched feet, and knee joint issues should also be careful to avoid developing runner’s knee.
If you have runner’s knee, at any time when engaging in physical activity (especially running or jogging), you may notice the following in one or both knees:
If you have runner’s knee, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to give up running forever. You should see a chiropractor, though. They will run some tests to confirm the cause of your pain. Then they’ll administer chiropractic care for runner’s knee.
In addition to chiropractic care, it’s recommended you use orthotics when running. You should limit how far you go, gradually adding more miles to your runs. Do not run on slopes, stairs, or hills. Massage therapy to relax calf muscles and hamstrings as well as physical therapy to restore quad strength are also viable treatments.
If you’re looking for chiropractic care for runner’s knee, contact us at Rutherford Clinic of Chiropractic. We’re a Murfreesboro clinic led by Dr. Wesley Stewart that promotes wellness and pain management. Our services include neuropathy pain treatment, wellness care, physical therapy, sports injury treatments, auto accident rehabilitation, spinal decompressions, and chiropractic adjustments.
To learn more about any of our services or to reach out to our chiropractor today, contact us at (615) 217-0097. You can also visit us at Rutherford Clinic of Chiropractic on 1139 Northwest Broad Street, Suite 103.
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